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Advice following lithotripsy: Frequently asked questions

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Please read carefully the medicine information leaflet inside the box before you take any tablets.


Naproxen 250mg tablets – take up to three times a day if required.

Paracetamol can be taken, as directed on the packet, if required.

If you have asthma or a stomach ulcer, or have sensitivity to aspirin, you may not be able to take naproxen. Please inform the nurse/ doctor so an alternative can be provided.

Please note on the day of your treatment you can only have one tablet due to the painkillers received before treatment.

Additional points

Please make sure you are drinking two to three litres of fluid each day to ensure any stone fragments are flushed through and to help prevent reoccurrence.

You may experience some bruising to the site of treatment. This is normal and will disappear over a few days.

You may see some blood in your urine for a few days; this is normal but if you are concerned about heavy or prolonged bleeding contact your GP.

You may experience symptoms of a urine infection (frequency, burning or stinging on passing urine, lower abdominal pain, high temperature). If this happens please consult your GP.

There is a chance you may pass some stone fragments. This may cause severe pain (renal colic) which if uncontrolled by the painkillers we have supplied or you are experiencing nausea, vomiting or high temperature, you should attend your nearest accident and emergency department.

It is advisable to monitor your urine for stone fragments that you may pass. Where possible it is advisable to pass urine through a sieve to catch any fragments you may pass. If this occurs please bring the sample with you to the next appointment and we can send the stone to be analysed.

If you were taking warfarin, aspirin, rivaroxaban, dabigatran, apixaban, edoxaban or clopidogrel, ticagrelor or blood thinning medication please restart this as directed by the specialist undertaking your treatment.

Who can I contact for more help or information?

Oncology nurses

Uro-oncology nurse specialist

01223 586748

Bladder cancer nurse practitioner (haematuria, chemotherapy and BCG)

01223 274608

Prostate cancer nurse practitioner

01223 274608 or 216897 or bleep 154-548

Surgical care practitioner

01223 348590 or 256157 or bleep 154-351

Non-oncology nurses

Urology nurse practitioner (incontinence, urodynamics, catheter patients)

01223 274608 or 586748 or bleep 157-237

Urology nurse practitioner (stoma care)

01223 349800

Urology nurse practitioner (stone disease)

01223 349800 or bleep 152-879

Patient advice and liaison service (PALS)

Telephone: +44 (0)1223 216756

PatientLine: *801 (from patient bedside telephones only)


Mail: PALS, Box No 53

Addenbrooke's Hospital

Hills Road, Cambridge, CB2 2QQ

Chaplaincy and multi faith community

Telephone: +44 (0)1223 217769


Mail: The Chaplaincy, Box No 105

Addenbrooke's Hospital

Hills Road, Cambridge, CB2 2QQ

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Telephone: +44 (0)1223 217589

Access office (travel, parking and security information)

Telephone: +44 (0)1223 596060

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Smoking is not allowed anywhere on the hospital campus. For advice and support in quitting, contact your GP or the free NHS stop smoking helpline on 0800 169 0 169.

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